Last year I had the amazing opportunity to be one of ASICS’s 5 To The Finish Line bloggers for the New York City Marathon, unfortunately I wasn’t able to run it due to an injury and unlike this year rest didn’t help that injury. I was fortunate enough to still go to New York and participate in all the activities, including cheering on my teammates. I was also lucky enough to be able to cancel my entry and earn a spot in this year’s race!
The race this year was to be redemption for me. I needed to finish this race to make up for last year. I finally sought help for my injury in January (when I got insurance) and as it turned out it was my back causing all the issues. I started seeing a local chiropractor and I was cured….well mostly, I still see him for maintenance. I ran my first race post injury in April, the Tampa International 5K, and it was awesome. I had also started training for the Echo Half, unfortunately that training was cut short when I broke my toe kayaking….I know, I should be in bubble wrap.
Thankfully marathon training didn’t start until July and by then my toe was mostly back to normal, not sure it will ever be completely normal again, but if I can run without pain then I can live with that!
Training was rough through the Florida Summer, but overall good, that is until my 20 miler in October. I had been battling some foot pain on and off for the few weeks prior to the 20 miler, but since it the pain subsided a few days after running, I ignored it. Unfortunately after the 20 miler it would not be ignored anymore. Once again I found myself in between insurance and at a cross roads…do I rest and see or do I go to a doctor? I discussed both options with my coach and chiropractor and in the end I decided to rest. It was most likely a peroneal tendonitis/plantar fasciitis and worst case a stress fracture. In the end the treatment remained the same, rest. So rest I did, until Marathon morning.
I was a basket of nerves wondering if my foot would hurt and if I would even be able to complete the marathon. I decided to embrace and enter the race with a positive attitude and although it was tough, I finished!
#medalmonday I am still having a hard time putting into words what this marathon meant to me. Running NYC was amazing and while I am not sure what my marathoning future will be, I am grateful for completing to and all the things I learned about myself running 26.2 miles. #tcsnycmarathon #tcsnycmarathontraining #racepacerunner #teamasics #teamasicsnycm #running #runchat #fitfluential #sweatpink #fitapproach #ffcheckin #run #tattooedrunner #tattoedrunnerchic #werunsocial #runners #training #tcsnycmarathon #marathontraining #nycmarathon #garmin #garminrunning #womensrunningcommmunity #runnersofinstagram #runningcommunity
Though I didn’t meet my top two goals, I did meet my third….to finish. And most of all I claimed my redemption. It wasn’t the same without my 5 to the Finish Lie teammates, they were all their in spirit and definitely on my mind during the last difficult miles. I am still working on a full recap….hopefully by the end of the week!
REDEMPTION IS MINE!!!!! Have you ever felt the need to redeem yourself after a race day fail?